[pp.int.general] Some parting thoughts

Félix Robles redeadlink at gmail.com
Tue Oct 20 12:27:06 CEST 2009

I'd also ad that the reason for banning file sharing is applicable to public
libraries. P2P networks, and also other services like megaupload, are like a
universal public library. So, we should ask those people that want to ban
file sharing what are the differences between the public library that is
internet and the traditional public libraries. If traditional public
libraries didn't exist, would they be for or against creating traditional
public libraries?

On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 5:05 AM, Boris Turovskiy <tourovski at gmail.com>wrote:

> Eduardo Robles Elvira wrote:
>> We are in favor of  filesharing between individuals if there is no
>> profit because of simple reasons (starting a list of them):
>>  * It is more costly to try to shut down all those pirates than the
>> money the industry is supposedly loosing with them, and even then the
>> filesharing is impossible to stop. (There was a recent arstechnica
>> article about this, look it up)
>>  * Those who pirate buy more music and other media than those who
>> don't so industry should try to be nice with their customers instead
>> of calling them pirates and trying to jail them. Which brinds us to
>> the next point..
>>  * Filesharing should be considered as a means of marketing. For
>> example, I saw Inglourious Bastards movie first at home, and I liked
>> it so much that I then saw it again in the cinema.
> I'll pick up on that one :)
> * There is no conclusive argument why private filesharing should be
> illegal. It is actually the modern counterpart to me buying a book or a CD
> and giving it to a friend so that they can listen/read/watch it.
> Criminalizing filesharing is the same as saying "You can buy the book, but
> only you have the right to read it, and if you give it to someone else or
> read it aloud, then you're a criminal".
> * Illegality of filesharing is from the economic point of view the
> artificial creation of scarcity for a product (in this case, data) which is,
> at the current stage of technological development, not scarce in any natural
> way. Artificial scarcity has always been frowned upon because it is the
> usual means of creating monopolies.
> * There is no conclusive proof that filesharing consistently reduces
> revenue, especially if we focus on the income of artists (writers, musicians
> etc.) and not on the profits of the middlemen (like labels). These middlemen
> have accumulated huge power based on the technologies of the mid-20th
> century, but now there are alternatives available which benefit both
> consumers and artists, and it should not be a task of the legislators to
> protect the middlemen's antiquated business models.
> Best regards,
> Boris
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